Month: August 2014

Larry the lizard (by sophie)

Last year when I went to Cyprus, me and my dad went on a walk over some really old rocks which have some thousand year old shells and coral fossils in. There are a lot (and I mean a lot) of lizards in Cyprus, especially Starred Agamas. They are in various sizes and patterns.
Anyway, we went on a walk and came across a lizard skeleton but it still had some scales on. So unfortunately we had to leave it 😦 to remember where it was and to protect it my dad and i put a broom over it. However, this year when we went I went to look for it and after some searching of trying to find it I finally found it. I had to persuade my parents to allow me to bring it back. On the lastttt day I was allowed to bring it back. I had to mix it up with my shells so it didn’t look suspicious at the airport. Anyway I managed to get it back safely and if I do say so myself it looks awesome!!!

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Our oddest rarest and and most wonderful skulls…… (by Sam)

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Today we are showing our oddest and most wonderful skulls in our collection. 

               starting of with my skulls (Sam) 

                                        First is my badger skull (meles meles). It is an incredible skull and has an dd bone growth where one of the molars should be, my theory is that the tooth fell out while the badger was alive and developed a process that began to cover the bone but the animal died early in this process, now I can’t say if this is the actual case but it is what I think happened something similar to my dog skulls bone growth also on its teeth.

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Next is my dog skull it has an odd bone growth that is slightly easier to determine and explain. The skull was given to me along with the badger skull by Ric Morris and incredibly generous skull collector with an incredibly diverse collection. The skull is missing most of the front teeth including both canines, one of the canine sockets was covered up completely with bone, this is because it had lost one of its teeth while it was alive and began a that process to cover up the socket (Ibelive this is in order to prevent infection.

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The skull is also smashed beyond the brain-case which means you can see the inside of the brain-case (cranium) 

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The next and final one of my odd and wonderful skulls is my woodpecker which is actually a skeleton that I recently put together. This is my wonderful skull and rarest skull in my collection I believe.

 

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Sophie’s skulls….

First this is Sophies seal skull that she found on the beach near her house she found the whole skull but her mum wouldn’t let her take it as it had to much flesh on the other side so she only took a small part of it.

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Next is her Knot personally I think that is my favourite of her skulls along with her amazing lapwing.

   5bMJu_bW.jpg-small The birds beak is an incredible shape specialising in catching small crustaceans, she ask found this in cockerham, its cranium is fairly small and the beak sort of points down. the skull also has the lower jaw.

 

Next is her lapwing and incredible skull that is very rare to find.

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                                        Thanks for reading….

A great day for my collection!! by sam !!

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Yesterday I went for a walk through aldenham park and hung around the farm talking to the volunteers. on the walk I found some nice things like a swan eggs and tawny owl feather (feather to be collected later) and I even saw my first ever wild owl, a tawny owl!!

20140801_091630-EFFECTSOne of the volunteers, Ben (14 yr) who I talk t when I got o the aldenham park was working in the restricted access part of the farm and found some REALLY nice stuff for me!! the first time he looked he found THREE skulls, two moorhen skulls, and a corvid skull (jackdaw). THEN he went back on his break to take a look for more and found something I wanted for ages….. a mallard skull!!!! and it was in great condition including bottom jaw only had a little flesh on it !!! Now its nice and clean in my room as it only took one bath in hydrogen peroxide to clean it now it looks great a clean on my shelf.

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This is the cleaner moorhen (the other one is still cleaning) you can see how small it is and hat it is a perfect cranium with no cracks, it has a sort of antique colour too it:)

 

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This is the jackdaw skull, jackdaws belong to the corvid family that include magpies rooks jays jackdaws e.t.c, you can see this one has the bill sheath on but no lower jaw.

                          

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this is my new favourite skull in my collection it is 11 cm the ideal size of a mallard and it was a male because the remaining feathers were black like the head feathers on a male mallard.

 

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this is the swam egg. you can see where the young swan tried to escape from the egg by pecking at the egg shell 🙂